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Anderson wins USA Volleyball award

Matt Anderson has been rewarded for his development as captain and player
Colorado Springs, USA, December 20, 2013 – Matt Anderson has been named USA Volleyball’s Athlete of the Year for a second season in succession.

Over the course of a year he has gone from being the team’s youngest player at the London 2012 Olympic Games to being captain at the 2013 FIVB World League. He played in all 39 World League pool matches and led the team in scoring. 

“The greatest challenge for me this summer was to start carrying myself at a more constant level,” Anderson said. “I was trying to be an example and a steady figure for other players to balance their game around. I guess it's a growing-up, maturing athlete position.”

Anderson plays for Russian club Zenit Kazan and he helped the team finish third in the CEV Champions League before he competed at the Grand Champions Cup in which he was the leading scorer with 104 points. 

Middle blocker Max Holt meanwhile was voted USA Volleyball’s Most Improved Male Athlete.

Holt was the US Men’s second-leading scorer this season, their leading blocker and was named the first middle blocker on the all-star team at the Grand Champions Cup.

“My greatest challenge this past summer was bouncing back and re-establishing myself as a player,” Holt said. “I learned a lot from not making the London team and that drove me every day to work harder to become the best player I could possibly be.”

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